The study, involving three groups each with 20 women, tested the effects of various forms of “distracted” snacking — eating while walking, watching TV or having a conversation. It found that among women who were currently dieting, eating while moving had an undesirable effect: They ate substantially more than other dieters a short time later. Eating “on the go” may thwart people who are watching their weight, new research suggests.
- According to Ogden, it may be a mental effect: People who eat on the run may not be fully aware of what they’re eating, or they may feel like they “deserve” more food later on because they are being active.
- It’s not clear what the findings, from an “artificial” lab study, could mean for weight-conscious people, the researchers said.
- Jennifer McDaniel, a registered dietitian, agreed that dieters who eat on the go might feel they’ve earned the right to indulge.